Election Analysis: Temple City Chose Clinton, McCain

Two weeks after California’s presidential primary election, the Los Angeles Country Registrar of Voters is still canvassing the results from the historic February 5th election.

The California Democratic Party held an open primary, which allowed Decline to State (or Independent) voters to choose among the presidential nominees. The California Republican Party held a closed primary. Only voters registered as Republicans were eligible to cast ballots in the election.

As of February 5, 2008, Temple City has 5477 registered Democrats and 5261 registered Republicans. The registration of voters in Temple City have been trending Democratic in recent elections.

In the Democratic race among New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, Temple City overwhelmingly supported the former First Lady’s candidacy. Voters supported Clinton 63.7% to Obama’s 27.9%. Gravel received 0.2% of Temple City voters.

Among the four Republican candidates, Temple City Republicans were divided between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain received 40.3%, Romney 31.3%, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 12.3%, and Congressman Ron Paul received 2.7%.

Temple City Democrats in all twenty precincts supported Hillary Clinton. Clinton also won in the vote-by-mail election. Turn-out in 19 of the precincts was above 66%.

On the contrary, Temple City Republicans were less enthusiastic; turn-out was between 39% and 58%. Republicans in 17 precincts supported John McCain, while 3 precincts supported Mitt Romney. McCain also won in the vote-by-mail election.

Preliminary reports show that turn-out among Temple City residents on Election Day and absentee voters who mailed in their ballots before Election Day was 36.02%. After analyzing data from the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, the Voice predicts a much higher revised turn-out percentage. In 2004, turn-out was 30.15% (It is unclear whether or not absentee voters were included in this total).

On the state measures, Temple City voters voted to defeat Propositions 91 through 93, by an approximate 900 to 1000 vote margin; voters also voted to support Propositions 94 through 97 by an approximate 900 to 1000 vote margin.

Democrats*: Clinton, 2437 votes, Obama, 1065 votes, Gravel, 7 votes, total 3823

Republicans*: McCain, 1093 votes, Romney, 850 votes, Huckabee, 333 votes, Paul, 73 votes, total 2715

*Results as of February 15, 2008; Includes absentee ballots.


This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on February 20, 2008.


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